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Sunday
Nov262017

Tiger After Bahamas Practice: "Life is so much better" 

ESPN.com's Bob Harig quotes Tiger Woods as saying he's one happy camper living with a pain-free back.

As Woods prepares to come back again at the Hero World Challenge, his comments about the joys of living pain free suggest there were far reaching effects over the recent years.

"It could be the next step, I just didn't know [when the pain would occur],'' Woods said. "That's tough to live with. And it's been a struggle for years. To finally come out on the good side of it is exciting. I am stiffer. Of course, [his lower back is] fused. But I don't have the pain. Life is so much better.''

Rex Hoggard also included this quote from Woods on his holiday round at Trump National.

“[Johnson is] the No. 1 player in the world. He’s been playing, I haven’t been playing,” Woods said. “It’s nice to compare my game to some of the other guys, like Dustin or Rickie [Fowler] or Rory [McIlroy]. It’s nice to do something like that and compete and have a couple little denominations [a bet] we’re playing for. I like seeing where I’m at.”

The SI/golf.com gang weighed their excitement level over Tiger's return this week. A few highlights:

Michael Bamberger, senior writer, Sports Illustrated: Such extreme options! Fantastic, I guess. By which I mean he plays four rounds, doesn't hurt himself, shows that the game still brings him some pleasure, hits good shots, goes 72 holes without a yip.

John Wood, caddie for Matt Kuchar (@johnwould): I'll lean toward the fantastic. The three things I would love to see is a pain-free golf swing, a lot of drivers off the tee and, like Michael said, joy. I hope he looks like a junior golfer out there sometimes, with a smile and having fun. I think that'll be a good starting point.

Alan Shipnuck, senior writer, Sports Illustrated (@AlanShipnuck): It's fantastic that he's back. The words of Faxon and, before that, Fowler, have helped stoke the anticipation but they're not helpful for Tiger. The expectations — his and ours — should be very, very low. It's gonna be fun to watch him play golf again and, for now, that's all that matters. One more point: I think the rehab stint was more important for Tiger than we can know. The DUI report made clear how out of control his prescription drug use had become. Tough to play golf like that. If his mind is clear and his body flushed-out from all of those toxins, that could make this comeback much different from all the previous, aborted ones.

As his first practice round in the Bahamas played out, there appeared to be lurkers in the dunes capturing swing video:


Mercifully Tiger posted a clean view of his swing:

 

 

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Reader Comments (8)

Good looking swing.
11.26.2017 | Unregistered Commentermeefer
Lookin good!!

From all of us here at Shackland: Good luck Tiger!!!
Far from a thing of beauty but the action and flexibility look good.
11.26.2017 | Unregistered CommenterBoomer
If you compare the two vids it looks like he posts in slow mo because his real swing looks like Lanny Wadkins pace, so much faster than it used to be. Still, looking forward to seeing how he does.
11.26.2017 | Unregistered CommenterRob S
There is golf and there is tournament golf - we'll have to wait and see. Let's give the guy a chance but I'm a doubting Thomas!
Was wondering why he posted slo-mo swings, because that real-time video looks like he's going after it big time. Good luck with that back, old boy.
11.27.2017 | Unregistered CommenterCenter Cut
We're only a little over three months removed from Tiger's rainbow-soup pill-popping joyride and he's a "happy camper with a pain-free back"? Is anyone buying that? Really?
11.27.2017 | Unregistered CommenterDrBunsenHoneydew
5 months*
11.27.2017 | Unregistered CommenterDrBunsenHoneydew

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